Family Values. This is a combination package that combines three activities regarding families and family values.
Activity #1: 20 Questions About Family
Are you looking for a way for your students to open up about life in their family and how they fit into their family structure? This activity has always been helpful for me to start the discussion with students about the institution of family in either an Writing class, a Psychology Unit, or a Sociology Unit. Geared toward middle school or high school this writing activity allows students the opportunity to focus on themselves and internalize how their family is structured, who they are closest with, who they admire, and how they fit into the mix.
Included are 20 questions that could either be printed out for students to write on or saved as a digital document that students could type into.
Activity #2: Defining Roles in a Family
This activity is one students will do on the computer; In this activity students will look at 20 different tasks that could take place within a household and have to place that task in the category they believe it fits. The categories are in a Microsoft Word document that the students can actually click and drag under the categories of either HUSBAND, WIFE, or EITHER OR BOTH. An example of options for them to choose from are "Shoveling Snow", "Changing Diapers", and "Grocery Shopping." For your students to "click and drag" you will have to save this document in a place on your school's network that they will be able to have access to it, open it, and then save it either on a flash drive or in their own personal space on the network. Students can stretch or shrink the choices so the words fit nicely in each category or they can make their own chart as well. There are many possibilities, this product provides a platform.
Students then defend themselves in writing by choosing three topics and supporting their reason why that task should be under the category they chose Their responses could be typed on the document and submitted electronically, typed and printed, or you could print the document and have them write with pen or pencil. Again, many possibilities here so choose what will work best for you and your students.
Activity #3: The Parent-Teenager Relationship Assessment
The purpose of this assessment tool is to open up dialogue between teenagers and their parents during the sometimes difficult stage of adolescence. Teenagers place a score between 1-5 next to 24 different statements regarding their own beliefs about how they feel their parents are treating them. There is a calculation that is performed at the end which places them in one of three different categories in regard to the status of their relationship with their parents.
If a teenager so chooses they can give their parents the assessment with the 24 statements flipped to have the parents score from their point of view. The same calculation is performed at the end and will place them in one of the same three categories.
Then the fun part. The parent and teenager sit together and share what their final score was. Then they can share their scores for each other 24 statements and discover where they are perceiving their relationship the same as well as differently. Each statement is a talking point and worthy of a conversation.
I've had parents say, "Thank you." at parent-teacher conferences because sometimes parents have hard time talking to their middle or high schooler and they need that "in" too.
I hope your students enjoy these activities as much as mine have!
Check out some of my other values-related products:
Mission to Mars Psychology Activity - Choose Your Crew Based on Characteristics
Child Marriage Around the World - PBS Documentary Video Writing Guide
What Are Your Values? - Core Values Activity
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